President Joe Biden’s newly appointed monkeypox response deputy coordinator, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, held a briefing Friday afternoon during which he addressed concerns from reporters representing LGBTQ+ news organizations regarding the Biden administration’s handling of the monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak.More than 7,000 cases of MPV are currently confirmed in the United States, and calls for increased access to vaccines and treatment have been growing as the administration tries to fight the outbreak.

On Thursday, the U.S. government declared the MPV outbreak as a national health emergency, freeing up funds to be directed to combating the spread of the virus and pushing states to gather more data on confirmed cases.

In his remarks, Daskalakis addressed the concerns of those who register for vaccines only to find that all appointments are already booked.